Pres­i­dent swears in two more Min­is­ters

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Felex Share Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day swore in the new Min­is­ter of Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Veter­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, For­mer Po­lit­i­cal De­tainees and Restrictees Cde Cain Math­ema who im­me­di­ately pledged to solve prob­lems fac­ing for­mer free­dom fight­ers.

Also to take oath of of­fice be­fore the Pres­i­dent at State House yes­ter­day was the new Min­is­ter of State for Mata­bele­land South Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Am­bas­sador Aaron Maboyi Ncube.

The two were ab­sent when the Head of State and Gov­ern­ment swore in three other new Cab­i­net min­is­ters and three Min­is­ters of State for Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs fol­low­ing a reshuf­fle an­nounced on Mon­day.

Cde Math­ema, who takes over from Cde Tshinga Dube, said he would do his best to im­prove the wel­fare of war veter­ans.

“I will do the best I can to as­sist the Pres­i­dent be­cause we are do­ing all these things for him as leader of the coun­try and Zanu-PF,” he said.

“We are merely ap­pointees; he de­ploys us and I am grateful for the faith he has in me.”

On the chal­lenges be­dev­illing the war veter­ans, Cde Math­ema said: “There are many chal­lenges like all gov­ern­ment de­part­ments but re­mem­ber I went to war in 1968 with the likes of Solomon Mu­juru. There were chal­lenges then and these chal­lenges as com­pared to the chal­lenges of 1968 are re­ally noth­ing. It is a new phase of our strug­gle so I will face it as I faced the strug­gle in 1968. I will do the best I can.”

Am­bas­sador Maboyi Ncube said he would work to­wards un­lock­ing the po­ten­tial Mata­bele­land South prov­ince had. “The prov­ince has al­ways been dis­ad­van­taged and so I will be work­ing from the ba­sis of a dis­ad­van­taged area,” he said.

“It is dis­ad­van­taged in two ways: first in that it is prone to droughts yet it has one of the rich­est soils in Zim­babwe. Sec­ondly, it is the prov­ince with the largest num­ber of cat­tle in this coun­try and at times farmers run out of pas­tures for their live­stock. What­ever projects we are likely to em­bark on, they will be based on these two ma­jor con­cepts. We have to al­le­vi­ate hunger through the pro­vi­sion of ir­ri­ga­tion schemes be­cause it hardly rains. Most of the rivers in Mata­bele­land re­gion pass through Mata­bele­land South yet all the wa­ter goes down to Mozam­bique and causes a lot of havoc there. We would like to as­sist Mozam­bique by har­vest­ing some of that wa­ter so that we can utilise it for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple.”

He said re­viv­ing the beef in­dus­try was among his pri­or­i­ties.

“As far as live­stock is con­cerned, we would like to de­velop the beef in­dus­try,” Am­bas­sador Ncube said.

“Beef can­ning was in the past done in Mata­bele­land South. We would like to re­vive that and the Cold Stor­age Com­mis­sion Bu­l­awayo fac­tory will def­i­nitely be a pri­or­ity. I don’t know about the new abat­toir of don­keys I heard about but we will con­cen­trate on cat­tle and goats. In turn we want to de­velop the in­dus­try of hides and skins to make shoes and other re­lated things. I will at­tempt to rec­tify the anom­alies that have been af­fect­ing Mata­bele­land South.”

Vice Pres­i­dents Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko and Chief Sec­re­tary to the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net Dr Misheck Sibanda wit­nessed the swear­ing in cer­e­mony.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe con­grat­u­lates Am­bas­sador Aaron Maboyi Ncube after the swear­ing in cer­e­mony in Harare yes­ter­day while Cde Cain Math­ema looks on

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